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Yoruba youths condemn planned protest, seek dialogue
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 16:56:11 +0000

The Coalition of Yoruba Youth leaders on Thursday called on organisers of the planned nationwide protest in August to shelve the idea and remain calm. President-General of the coalition, Dr Tolani Hassan, said in a statement in Lagos that the apex umbrella body for all Yoruba youth associations and organisations had dissociated itself from the


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Edo asks court to suspend judgment reinstating Shaibu
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 16:55:51 +0000

The Edo State Government and the state assembly have filed two separate applications before Justice James Omotosho of the Federal High Court in Abuja to suspend a judgement reinstating Philip Shaibu as the Deputy Governor of the state, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice. The two applicants, in separate motions, challenged


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873 complete NYSC in Gombe, three abscond 
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 16:54:43 +0000

A total of 873 Batch B stream II Corps members in Gombe State completed their one-year mandatory national youth service, while three absconded, and one received an extension of service. The state coordinator, Chinwe Nwachuku disclosed this on Thursday at a low-key passing-out ceremony at the Gombe Zonal Office. He said, “A total number of


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Northern youths knock Reps over call for NMPDRA boss’ suspension
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 16:47:37 +0000

Northern youths under the aegis of Northern Youths Frontiers on Thursday condemned the call for the suspension of the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Authority, Farouk Ahmed by the House of Representatives. The PUNCH had earlier reported that the House of Representatives called on the Federal Government to suspend


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Everton’s Branthwaite demands pay rise amid Man Utd interest
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 16:25:39 +0000

  Everton defender, Jarrad Branthwaite, is reportedly seeking a significant pay increase amid interest from Manchester United, according to the Daily Mail. Mirror UK on Thursday via its website reported that the 22-year-old centre-back, who has become a key player for Sean Dyche’s side, is said to be demanding that Everton match the £160,000-a-week salary


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FG delays direct payment to LGs as AGF awaits S’Court ruling details
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 16:01:27 +0000

The Federal Government has not yet commenced direct payment of monthly allocations to Nigeria’s 774 local government areas. Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr Wale Edun, explained that the Supreme Court’s proceedings had not yet been communicated to the Attorney General of the Federation for proper study and implementation. Recall that


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Senate vows to expose economic saboteurs in petroleum sector
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 15:44:10 +0000

The Senate has vowed to expose saboteurs in the petroleum sector and those responsible for the importation of toxic fuel into the country. The ‘Senate Ad-Hoc Committee to Investigate the Alleged Economic Sabotage in the Nigerian Petroleum Industry’ made this assertion during a press conference on Thursday in Abuja. The Chairman of the Ad-Hoc Committee,


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Man City stars Ederson, Alvarez seeking exits — Report
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 15:31:04 +0000

Manchester City could be facing a double blow as reports suggest goalkeeper Ederson and striker Julian Alvarez are looking to leave the club. GiveMeSports reported in a post via its website on Thursday that the reasons behind their potential departures have now come to light. According to The Athletic, Ederson, a mainstay in Pep Guardiola’s


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Nationwide protest: Tinubu in meeting with traditional rulers at Aso Villa
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 15:24:20 +0000

President Bola Tinubu is currently meeting traditional rulers at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja. Leading the delegation of royal fathers are the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi. The meeting began at about 2:30 pm when the President arrived at the Council Chamber. Although the


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Nationwide protest: Learn from #ENDSARS, Ezekwesili urges govt 
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 15:17:12 +0000

A former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, has backed the upcoming nationwide protest planned for August 1-10, 2024 urging the federal and state governments to handle the situation with civility and empathy. In a statement titled “My Position on the Nationwide Protest of our Young Citizens,” and posted on X on Thursday, Ezekwesili highlighted the


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Over $1.5bn spent on protecting Nigeria’s oil Installations —SGF
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 15:02:47 +0000

The Federal Government has said it has spent over $1.5 billion from 2020 to date to protect the nation’s oil installations and curb crude oil theft. The Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF), George Akume, made this known on Thursday at a public hearing of the House of Representatives on crude oil theft.


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Airtel donates N2m to quadruplets family as contributions exceed N16m
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 14:49:51 +0000

Telecom operator, Airtel Nigeria, has pledged to donate N2 million to the family of Sodiq Olayode, who recently welcomed quadruplets with his wife, Abiodun. This donation follows the outpouring of support from Nigerians, who have raised over N16 million for the family through online donations. Airtel Nigeria disclosed this on X.com on Thursday, expressing its


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New Barcelona coach Flick hails ‘unbelievable’ Yamal
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 14:00:32 +0000

New Barcelona coach Hansi Flick on Thursday hailed the performance of the Spanish club’s teenage winger Lamine Yamal at Euro 2024, calling it “unbelievable”. Yamal made history in his country’s opening game against Croatia by becoming the youngest player ever to appear in a European Championship game at the age of 16 years and 338


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22 drug dealers convicted in July – NDLEA
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 13:43:23 +0000

The Kano State Command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency on Thursday disclosed that it secured the conviction of 22 drug dealers in the state in July 2024. Confirming the convictions to newsmen, on Thursday, the Commander of the agency, Abubakar Idris-Ahmad, described the feat as a major victory in its fight against illicit


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Be humble in Madrid, former Liverpool striker tells Mbappe
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 13:40:07 +0000

A former Liverpool striker, Stan Collymore, has issued a warning to Kylian Mbappe as the French star joins Real Madrid. Drawing from his own experience as a high-profile signing at Liverpool, Collymore advised Mbappe to approach his new role with humility. Collymore, who was once a British record transfer to Liverpool, shared his insights with


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Morocco forward En-Nesyri joins Mourinho’s Fenerbahce
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 13:35:06 +0000

Morocco striker Youssef En-Nesyri has signed a five-year contract with Fenerbahce after four years with Sevilla, the Turkish club coached by Jose Mourinho announced on Thursday. Fenerbahce will pay 19.5 million euros ($21.2 million) over four years for the 27-year-old Moroccan, who becomes the biggest transfer in the history of the Turkish Super Lig. “Welcome


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Police warn against protest in Borno, say state under emergency
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 13:28:05 +0000

The Borno State Police Command, on Thursday, warned residents against taking part in the planned nationwide protest. The command stated that the state of emergency on insecurity still in force in Borno automatically bans protests or any form of mass action. This was contained in a press statement signed by Nahum Daso, an Assistant Superintendent of Police,


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Manufacturers seek NPA’s improved waiver at Calabar port
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 13:04:13 +0000

The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria has appealed to the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority for more waivers to utilise the Calabar ports. They made the call on Wednesday when the leadership of the association paid a familiarisation visit to their facility as a way of fostering closer collaboration in Calabar. The acting Chairman of


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2024 Olympics: Women’s football kicks off after first-day chaos
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 13:00:27 +0000

Women’s football takes centre stage at the Paris Olympics on Thursday after a chaotic start to the sporting action at the Games in the men’s football, while preparations ramp up for an unprecedented opening ceremony. Grand Slam record-breakers Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were placed on a second-round collision course as the draw was made


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Ondo varsity assures parents, students of adequate security
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 13:00:21 +0000

The Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko in Ondo State, has assured students of the institution and their parents of adequate security in the school environment and its host community. The Head, Information, Protocol and Public Relations of the institution, Victor Akinpelumi, in a statement on Thursday, said that the university was committed to the well-being of


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Soldiers kill two terrorists in Kaduna
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 13:00:15 +0000

Troops of the Nigerian Army have killed two terrorists in an ambush operation in Kaduna State on Wednesday. The NA disclosed this in a statement and pictures shared on X.com on Thursday. The statement partly read, “The troops, responding to actionable intelligence, executed a well-coordinated ambush along the Tasha-Bwari Road, a vital link between Gurara


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Nationwide protest: APC governors admit economic pain, promise relief
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 12:42:26 +0000

The Progressives Governors’ Forum has begged Nigerians to exercise restraint, saying it acknowledged that the ongoing reforms and economic policies of President Bola Tinubu are experiencing a teething challenge. The governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, however, expressed conviction that the nation would pull through. Addressing journalists after a closed-door meeting


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Extreme wealth gap widens globally as top 1% gains $42tn — Report
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 12:38:49 +0000

The world’s richest 1 per cent have amassed $42 trillion in new wealth over the past decade. This is nearly 34 times more than the entire bottom 50 per cent of the world’s population, according to a new analysis released by Oxfam. Oxfam is a British-founded confederation of 21 independent non-governmental organisations, focusing on the


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Anyim, Kalu, others pay tributes to ex-NIMASA DG, Ferdinand Agu
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 12:35:26 +0000

A former Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim, ex-Abia State Governor, Orji Kalu, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu and erstwhile Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi were some of the eminent Nigerians who paid their last respect to the former Director General of Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Ferdinand Agu, on Wednesday


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Nationwide protest: Tinubu, APC govs, others in closed-door talks
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 12:11:47 +0000

President Bola Tinubu is currently meeting with Governors from the All Progressives Congress, under the aegis of the Progressives Governors Forum at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting which began at minutes past 01 pm follows growing calls for nationwide protests against economic hardship. Although the agenda of Thursday’s meeting is unknown, it may be


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Cured HIV patients ‘living proof’ of hope in fight against virus
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 12:00:50 +0000

Three people effectively cured of HIV have spoken about how a risky transplant procedure saved their lives, with one saying they are “living proof” of hope in the fight against the virus. The trio spoke about their experience at the International AIDS Conference in Munich, which has gathered experts, researchers and activists to discuss developments


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Cross River Assembly calls for crackdown on illegal miners
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 11:59:48 +0000

The Cross River State House of Assembly has called on the State Government, through its relevant agencies, to stop the activities of migrants engaged in illegal mining in Okwa 1 and 2 and Ukwango in Boki Local Government Area. The lawmakers made the resolution on Thursday in Calabar, sequel to a matter of urgent Public


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Nationwide protest: Give Tinubu time to correct abnormalities, APC chieftain begs Nigerians
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 11:41:45 +0000

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Uche Nwosu, has appealed to Nigerians to shelve the nationwide planned protest and allow President Bola Tinubu to fix the nation. The chief of staff to former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, disclosed that it would be unfair to expect a government that has just spent a year


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Man Utd eye former Chelsea player to address defensive concerns
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 11:40:08 +0000

Manchester United are reportedly considering former Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso as a potential solution to their defensive issues. The Red Devils have faced challenges in the left-back position, with both Tyrell Malacia and Luke Shaw struggling with fitness problems last season. According to The Mirror, United have compiled a three-man shortlist for the left-back position,


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[UPDATED] Protest: Oro festival, like other religious activities, Lagos not involved, says govt
Thu, 25 Jul 2024 11:39:20 +0000

The Lagos State Government has distanced itself from the rumoured upcoming Oro festival scheduled for August 1 to 15, coinciding with the #EndBadGovernance protest. The government likened it to other religious activities held across the country. Speaking in a telephone conversation with PUNCH Online, Gboyega Akosile, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the


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